Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) platforms for preclinical research represent an important advance for radiation research. IGRT-based platforms more accurately model the delivery of therapeutic ionizing radiation as delivered in clinical practice which permits more translationally and clinically relevant radiation biology research. Fundamentally, IGRT allows for precise delivery of ionizing radiation in order to (1) ensure that the tumor and/or target of interest is adequately covered by the prescribed radiation dose, and (2) to minimize the radiation dose delivered to adjacent nontargeted or normal tissues. Here, we describe the techniques and outline a general workflow employed for IGRT in preclinical in vivo tumor models.
Keywords: Image-guided radiation therapy; Preclinical; Radiotherapy; SARRP; Small animal radiation research platform; Stereotactic radiation.
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